At The Southfield Trust we are focussed on preparing our pupils and students for the next stage in their lives, whether that be transitioning from home to a new school setting, moving to another phase of education or entering the world of training and employment beyond the age of 16.
As a Trust, we work together to create a happy, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which pupils/students can develop to their full potential and celebrate their achievements both academically and personally and socially.
Our Trust Development Plan is focused on helping all of our young people to:
- Build positive relationships
- Make choices
- Be independent
- Make a contribution to society
- Move successfully to the next stage in their lives
- Be safe and well in the world
- Achieve their potential
These Core Aspirations are reflected in our individual schools' aspirations:
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Our aspirations are linked to SMSC, British Values and RRSA.
Through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education, we aim to enrich and expand the lives of our young people, while developing their values, attitudes and beliefs. Each school in The Southfield Trust approaches SMSC in a way that is appropriate and relevant for their pupils/students.
Areas covered in our SMSC programme:
- Explore beliefs and experience;
- Respect faiths, feelings and values;
- Enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world;
- Use imagination and creativity; reflect.
- Recognise right and wrong;
- Respect the law;
- Understand consequences;
- Investigate moral and ethical issues;
- Offer reasoned views
- Appreciate cultural influences;
- Appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system;
- Participate in cultural opportunities;
- Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
- Use a range of social skills
- Participate in the local community
- Appreciate diverse viewpoints;
- Participate, volunteer and cooperate;
- Resolve conflict;
- Engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
All schools at the Southfield Trust have British Values embedded in the curriculum and the ethos of school life as follows:
Democracy – pupils have an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process
Individual Liberty- pupils have an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
Mutual Respect and Tolerance – pupils have an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
The Rule of Law – pupils have an expectation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
Each school has an individual approach to teaching British Values and school values in a way that is relevant and appropriate to their pupils/students.
All schools in the Southfield Trust work with UNICEF to promote children's rights and have gained a Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) for this work.
We believe it is every child's right to have a voice and express their thoughts, needs and feelings and we have developed our own communication charters.
We believe all of our pupils/students have right to be happy, to be heard, to participate and to contribute. We have expressed this belief in in sets of values for each school which are outlined on individual school websites.